Lawmakers fail to elect a new president in a tenth attempt Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanese lawmakers botched a tenth attempt Tuesday to elect a new president, reflecting lack of agreement on a consensus candidate for the head the state.Lack of quorum, as in all previous sessions, prompted Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone the voting session to Sept. 2 . Just as before, Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam did not show up for the session.MPs from Michel Aoun's Change and Reform bloc, along with Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have thwarted quorum by boycotting the sessions, instead arguing that a prior deal must be struck with their March 14 rivals on a consensus candidate.
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